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Alabama coaches name eight players of the week from ULM win

Alabama CB Kool-Aid McKinstry (#1) runs back a punt versus ULM
Photo courtesy of Alabama Athletics

The Alabama coaching staff selected eight players of the week to nine slots following the Crimson Tide’s 63-7 win last Saturday over ULM. Darrian Dalcourt and Jahmyr Gibbs on offense; Will Anderson Jr., Brian Branch and DeMarcco Hellams on defense; and Branch, Ja’Corey Brooks, Kool-Aid McKinstry and Malachi Moore on special teams all earned the recognition for their play against the Warhawks.

 

OFFENSE

Darrian Dalcourt

  • Led a Tide line that blocked for 509 yards of total offense
  • Recorded a team-high three knockdown blocks across his 36 offensive snaps
  • Did not allow a sack, quarterback pressure or quarterback hit on the day

 

Jahmyr Gibbs

  • Accumulated 158 all-purpose yards against the Warhawks
  • Caught a team-high four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown while adding 36 yards rushing
  • Added 57 yards on kickoff returns

 

DEFENSE

Will Anderson Jr.

  • Picked off his first career pass, returning the interception 25 yards for a touchdown
  • Added five tackles, including 1.5 for loss (-5 yards) and one sack (-3 yards), across his 20 snaps

 

Brian Branch

  • Recorded five tackles on the afternoon, including one sack (-6 yards)
  • Also broke up one pass

 

DeMarcco Hellams

  • Led the team in tackles for a second straight week, finishing with nine stops on the day
  • Helped the Tide defense limit ULM to only 169 total yards

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Brian Branch

  • Entered at punt returner in the second half and took advantage of his opportunity
  • Returned the ball 68 yards for a touchdown, the Tide’s first punt return for a score since 2020

 

Ja’Corey Brooks

  • Blocked a ULM punt that resulted in a Tide touchdown on special teams
  • Added one reception for 29 yards from his wide receiver post

 

Kool-Aid McKinstry

  • Contributed to the Tide’s 262 combined punt return yards to break the previous school record of 204 that was set in 1947
  • Recorded 136 yards on five punts to average 27.2 yards per return
  • His 136 punt return yards were the third-most in Alabama single-game history

 

Malachi Moore

  • Scooped up the blocked punt by Brooks to return the ball three yards for a score
  • Added two tackles on special teams as part of his four total stops on the day

**This information was acquired from a recent press release from Alabama Athletics.**

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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